Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Sears v. Upton

Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-8854 Not Argued Jun 29, 2010 5-4 Per Curiam OT 2009

Issue: Without oral argument, the Court decided that a state court failed to adequately assess the a capital defendant’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel arising from his lawyer’s failure to investigate the defendant’s history of mental impairments.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded in a per curiam opinion on June 29, 2010. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justice Thomas. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito would have denied the petition.

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